LONDONDERRY — Members of the Londonderry fire and police departments will be making a special trip to New York City this week to bring back a piece of history.
Fire Chief Darren O'Brien told town councilors at a meeting Nov. 7 that a contingent made up of himself, along with several fire and police officials will be heading to New York on Thursday, Nov. 14, and will return the following day accompanying a piece of the World Trade Center to be used at the Central Fire Station as part of a 9/11 memorial.
"We've been working to obtain a piece of the World Trade Center," O'Brien said, adding the process got its start a few years back and now is speeding up, with member of firefighters' union 3160 past and present, including former union president Mike Roberts, working on the project to obtain the piece.
The Mammoth Road station is undergoing a major renovation and expansion project.
O'Brien said the contingent heading south Thursday may also want to try and spend the night at a city firehouse, calling that one of his "bucket list" items he hopes to accomplish.
The chief said once the World Trade Center piece starts its journey to Londonderry, it will receive a special escort.
As part of the station's upgrades and renovations, O'Brien said the piece will first be kept in the station's lobby, but may eventually be moved to a more permanent 9/11 memorial site once the remodeling project at the station is complete.
Town Council Chairman John Farrell told O'Brien he needed to see the 9/11 memorial in New York City if he hadn't already done so.
"It's something you have to do," Farrell said. "It's a very emotional experience."
Farrell added that at the memorial where names of those lost that day, Sept. 11, 2001, are etched in stone, there is one name — John W. Farrell — that moved him.
"He was the same age as me, with two daughters like me," Farrell said. "He died that day, and grew up one town over from me."